HALIFAX -- Trial dates for a Nova Scotia politician charged in the province's legislative spending scandal are expected to be set next week.

Independent member Trevor Zinck is charged with theft over $5,000, fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust.

Lawyer Lyle Howe appeared on Zinck's behalf today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, where the case was put over until Sept. 13 to set trial dates.

Howe says he is seeking about three weeks for the trial, although only a few days will be needed for defence evidence.

Zinck is one of four provincial politicians charged in February 2011 following an investigation into constituency allowance spending.

Dave Wilson was sentenced in April after admitting to defrauding the public purse of nearly $61,000 and was released from custody last week after serving four months of a nine-month sentence.

Richard Hurlburt, a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister, was sentenced to a year of house arrest in July after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Russell MacKinnon, a former Liberal cabinet minister, has pleaded not guilty to fraud, breach of trust and uttering forged documents and his trial is set to begin in March.